Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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11:44 am
Fri January 23, 2015

E-Cigarettes: Poisoning Reports Up

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Electronic cigarettes have become so popular that Ocean City has even considered restricting them on the resort's beaches and Boardwalk.

But, there is a danger to this smokeless habit.

Poison control centers have been reporting more than double the number of calls in 2014 about exposure tio e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith prepared this report.

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11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware Panel Recommends $46 Million Casino Bailout

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A Delaware state has recommended providing a $46 million bailout for the First State’s gambling industry.

The plan to stabilize the Delaware’s three casinos came as a shock to some on the state’s Lottery, Gaming and Study Commission.

Where the money would come from as the budget battles heat up in Dover is still not clear.

House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst who is also a member of the panel…called the proposal “an annual tradition that is not sustainable.”

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11:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Governor Released from Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he suffered on an African safari.

McAuliffe's office announced Thursday morning that the governor had been released from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and has resumed a schedule of meetings and private events.

Several weeks ago McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered VCU Medical Center on Monday after suffering shortness of breath.

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11:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Worcester County Sheriff Makes Major Sexual Predator Bust

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said they have swept up 18 people in a campaign against alleged sexual predators.

The effort was called Operation Worcester Safety Net and law enforcement officials said that many of them allegedly showed up in the county for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual relations with minors.

Authorities said that other suspects were found to have computer containing videos and images of child pornography or shared such material with others on-line.

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11:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Legislature Wrestles with Sexual Assault on Campus

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue.

The panel considered 10 bills, but was unable to reach any conclusions.

The flurry of legislation was spurred by several recent high-profile cases of alleged sex crimes on Virginia campuses.

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11:16 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Two More Bodies Found in Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.

Officials say crews found two bodies on Thursday, the second day of excavating the site. Investigators discovered two bodies on Wednesday.

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11:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Abortion Rights: Issue in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican lawmaker is advocating for a bill that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant for 20 weeks or longer.

Del. Dave A. LaRock introduced legislation Thursday that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies.

The legislation is drawing the ire of abortion-rights groups. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made clear he will block efforts at limiting abortion rights.

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11:09 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia program that recycles plastic pesticide containers collected nearly 40 percent more pounds of the cast-offs in 2014 than the year before.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the program rinsed and granulated 128,226 pounds of empty containers. They were collected from 32 sites throughout the state.

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11:52 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delmarva: Not Doing So Well Against Tobacco Use

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The grades are in from the American Lung Association for efforts to control tobacco use.

Virginia got hit with an F for tobacco prevention, smoke free-air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services.

Meanwhile, Maryland picked up a failing grade for tobacco prevention.

But the state did get an A for smoke-free air.

The Association said Maryland still needs to do more when it comes to tobacco taxes and programs to quit smoking. It got a D.

Delaware did the best.

It recieved an A for smoke-free air and a B for Tobacco prevention.

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11:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hockey Could Be Coming to Town

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Hockey could be coming to Worcester County officials are looking at possibly constructing a multi-purpose stadium-style arena that could provide a venue for a minor league hockey team as well as concerts and convention groups.

Bill Badger, director Economic Development, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is too soon to say where or when it might be built.

He adds that more than likely this would be a public-private venture.

But such project would stir up some competition with the Ocean City Convention Center.

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10:05 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Snow Headed Our Way

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Get ready for the snow.

Northern Delaware is expected to see a wintry mix of rain and sleet beginning Friday night and into Saturday with an expected two to five inches.

There should be less in the Kent and Sussex counties.

The National Weather Service says that storm is expected to dump the heaviest snow of the season reaching from the Mid-Atlantic region into the Northeast.

The Southwest and Texas have already seen snow.

  

 

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10:01 am
Thu January 22, 2015

MD Governor Withdraws Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Larry Hogan has pulled the controversial phosphorus regulations on farmers.

They will not appear in the next issue of the Maryland Register essentially freezing any attempt to impose the new standards that found strong opposition from the poultry and agricultural industries on the Eastern Shore.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said that Hogan has ordered all agencies to begin a comprehensive review of all pending regulations.

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9:57 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Republican Larry Hogan Sworn In as Governor

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Governor Larry Hogan took the oath of office to become Maryland's 62nd Chief Executive and vowed to make the state's economy more attractive to business.

While he faces state legislature dominated by a Democratic majority, the Republican emphasized bipartisan.

He said, "Today is not the beginning of an era of divided government. Today is the beginning of a new spirit of cooperation in Annapolis."

Among his goals, Hogan said, was fiscal responsibility as the state faces a $750 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year.

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8:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delaware High Court Overturns Conviction and Death Sentence

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a Kent County man charged in a 2010 drug-related killing outside a Dover bowling alley.

The court ruled this week that 27-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted of killing 30-year-old James Mumford, is entitled to a new trial because of errors by the judge and prosecutor in his 2012 murder trial.

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8:40 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delaware Hospital Considers $250 Million Expansion

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Christiana Care Health System is looking at spending $250 million to expand the hospital’s facilities.

The expansion ranges from adding 70 single-family rooms to its neonatal intensive care unit and an eight-story patient tower to a 10-bed nursery for babies born with a drug dependence condition.

The Delaware Health Resources Board, which is part of a state agency that oversees the number of beds in Delaware’s hospitals and nursing homes, is expected to take up the proposal at its meeting today.

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8:28 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Boosting Delaware's Gambling Industry

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel charged with helping find a path forward for Delaware's gambling industry is meeting again after missing last week's deadline to submit recommendations.

Members of the panel, which recommended a $10 million casino bailout approved by lawmakers last year, were to meet Thursday to get updates on the state's most recent revenue forecast and on Delaware's horse racing industry, which gets a cut of gambling revenue.

The panel also was scheduled to discuss recommendations regarding further relief for Delaware's three casinos.

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9:17 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Maryland Gets New Governor Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is set to be sworn in as Maryland's 62nd governor.

The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned several times for his Republican colleague in Maryland, is scheduled to attend to congratulate Hogan for winning in a heavily Democratic state.

An inaugural gala is scheduled at the Baltimore Convention Center Wednesday night.

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9:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Salisbury Residents Get Look at Police Body Cameras

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Salisbury police officers could soon be wearing body cameras.

That was the message at last night's Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable which drew dozens of local residents.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan noted that the Police Department in Rialto, California saw a dramatic reduction in the number of complaints filed against officers wearing body camera in the year after they were instituted.

In addition, she said that they saw a 60 percent reduction in the use of force.

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8:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Vice President Not Worried About Gunshots Fired Near Delaware Home

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's not worried about gunshots being fired outside his Delaware home over the weekend.

Biden tells "CBS This Morning" Wednesday his house is way off the road, and that there was no evidence that someone shot at the house.

Law enforcement authorities boosted security at Biden's Wilmington home after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property Saturday night.

The vice president and his wife were not home at the time and there were no reports of injuries.

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8:56 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Company Seeks to Help Labinal Plant Employees After Closure

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With the decision to close Labinal Power System’s plant in Salisbury the parent company Safran is reaching out to provide jobs at its Texas facility in Denton to workers who will lose their jobs.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Safran USA President and CEO Peter Lengyel said he was also working on seeking way to find employment for workers who remain in Salisbury.

Maryland state and local officials were stunned by this month’s announcement that the plant was being closed leaving some 650 employees without jobs.

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8:48 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Governor Spends Second Night in Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is spending a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa.

Spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday. He says doctors are continuing to drain his chest of fluids.

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8:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Overturned Propane Truck on Route 50 and Linkwood

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An overturned propane truck has block all lanes on Linkwood in Dorchester on Route 50.

WMDT-TV reports that Cambridge police say clean up could take up to six hours.

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8:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

In-State-Tuition for Immigrants Intact for Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to deny in-state college tuition rates to some immigrants has been narrowly defeated in the Virginia Senate.

Introduced by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County, it was rejected 20-19 Tuesday, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber. One Republican, Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan County, voted with minority Democrats against the bill. Another Republican, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester, did not vote.

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8:26 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Search for Missing Six After Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Investigators are expected to begin the search for a man and a woman and their four grandchildren who have been missing since a fire tore through the Annapolis-area mansion relatives say they were in when it burned to the ground.

Fire officials and federal investigators were on the scene of the blaze on Tuesday, extinguishing residual hot spots from fire, which reduced the 16,000-square-foot mansion to rubble early Monday.

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8:21 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Autistic Inmate Gets Pardon and Treatment

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.
 
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson's transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.
 

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8:14 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Sinkhole on Route 90 on St. Martin Bridge

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A sinkhole has developed on the eastbound lane of Route 90 at St. Martin River Bridge.

The Worcester County sheriff’s Office says that the hole was first reported at 12:50 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

The State Highway Administration has laid a steel plate over the hole until it can be permanently patched.

SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar told the Salisbury Daily Times that sinkholes near the water are not uncommon.

He said the constant rising tides produce a great deal of erosion over time.

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8:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

MD Charter School Study Incomplete

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state analysts say a study on charter schools ordered by the Legislature is incomplete and lacking sufficient detail.

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services issued its findings in a letter Monday to the Legislature's presiding officers.

Lawmakers required the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct the study. It contracted with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore to carry it out.

The study concludes that the current system "shows enough promise to be expanded."

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7:57 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Inmate Apparent Suicide at Delaware Correctional Facility

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State corrections officials say an inmate at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution has died.

The Department of Correction says 24-year-old Felecia Morris of Dover died Tuesday at Christiana Hospital, where she was taken Saturday.

Officials say her death was an apparent suicide; foul play is not suspected.

Officials say Morris was arrested Thursday on charges that included shoplifting and disorderly conduct. She was being held on $3,000 secured bail.

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11:15 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Tuition Inches Up at Some Maryland Universities

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.
 
The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.
 
The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.
 

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11:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Oral Arguments in Federal Court Over Maryland Gun Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24.
 
In a filing Friday, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
 

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